Residents of Magazine Road and its environs are today taking a stand against the high volume of young people who are moving into the area flouting Covid-19 travel restrictions and showing a blatant disregard for social distancing guidelines by holding house parties.
The Magazine Road and Surrounding Area Residents Association will line their streets at 3pm today, while observing social distancing, with placards to highlight the spate of student parties which have been taking place.
"As a community, we are very nervous about the spread of Covid-19 because of the actions of these young people who are moving into the area in their droves," said Catherine Clancy, Chairperson of the Magazine Road and Surrounding Area Residents Association and former Lord Mayor.
"They are putting the community at risk. They have no business coming into the city. The college is closed.
"The only reason they are here is to get together to throw house parties," she said.
"It’s a clear two fingers to this community and to frontline workers.
"Parents who are financing their children to move into the city at this time need to seriously examine their conscience.
"The responsibility is also on landlords who felt it was okay to rent out the houses," she said.
Ms Clancy stated that Magazine Road and surround areas have a significant number of elderly residents who are particularly fearful of a resurgence in the number of Covid-19 cases.
"I have a 98-year-old neighbour who is afraid to step outside his door because of the high levels of pedestrian traffic. Residents are very nervous at the moment,” she said.
Ms Clancy acknowledged the work community Gardaí are doing to tackle the problem but stated that she believes Gardaí could be stricter about imposing fines on those who are breaching the Covid-19 travel restrictions.